3 Tips to Upgrade Your Spring Self-Care Routine

Are you doing everything possible to take care of yourself? If not, you could be putting your own wellbeing at risk. It’s not just about drinking enough water, eating right, and exercising regularly—although these are all key components of a well-rounded lifestyle that nurtures your body. It’s just as important to nourish your soul, though, by partaking in regular self-care practices that promote a greater sense of peace and mindfulness. You can accomplish that by reevaluating just what you do for yourself on a regular basis. If you find that it’s not enough—that you can give more of yourself to others, for example—then it’s time to refresh your routine this spring. Here’s what you need to do.

 

  1. Block Out Some You Time

It’s easy to get carried away by the responsibilities of family and work. Squeezing in even a moment of peace can be difficult if you’re always on the go. It may even come as a shock to your system to discover just how much your mind and body crave a little dedicated “you” time. That’s not to say you need to give up your responsibilities or forgo doing what you do on a regular basis. Those are the building blocks of your life, and they’re what bring you joy. But in order to provide the most for others, you need to set aside a little time for yourself to enjoy whatever it is that you love—a good book, a hot bath, a long walk, a rejuvenating nap. You’ll feel the difference right away, and when that happens you’ll recognize its value more than ever.

  1. Discover the Power of Scent

Fragrances have the power to transport you to another part of your life entirely. Maybe it’s a tropical note that takes you back to those cherished family vacations, or the heady floral that reminds you of the perfume you wore on your first date with someone special. Scents are transformative in many ways, and not just because they’re often associated with memorable occasions. Consider making them a more integral part of your lifestyle, whether you’re spritzing a gentle fragrance onto your pillow at night to help lull you to sleep or lighting a candle to invigorate your senses and brighten your home during springtime. We love NEST Fragrances Classic Candle in Grapefruit ($40.99) for both its beautiful packaging and its ability to boost spirits in an instant.

  1. Create a Dedicated Morning Ritual

Devising a morning routine can be life-changing. The key isn’t just to wake up earlier, but to perform activities of value during that period. This means you aren’t blearily making your way to the coffee machine for your first java jolt, but cultivating a ritual that sets the tone for the day. Avoid checking your email and social media first thing—these aren’t conducive to the calmness that you need to relax during those early hours. Stretch gently, sip a glass of warm water with lemon to detoxify, and turn on some music as you enjoy a nourishing breakfast. This is a great time to add something revitalizing to your day, too, or maybe a patch to keep you awake all day long. The Good Patch- B12 Awake Patch

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New Year, New You: 5 Beauty Resolutions to Keep

We know: It’s easy to make a New Year’s resolution. The hard part is actually keeping it. How many times have you sworn you’ll go to bed earlier, lose five pounds, stop buying a latte every morning, and work out regularly? We’ve definitely all been there. In the interest of punching up 2018 and making it the absolute best year ever (positive thoughts breed positive results!), we’re ready to kick things into high gear with our five top beauty resolutions for the year—that you can actually keep. Here we go.

 

Less Heat Styling

This one doesn’t sound all that exciting, we know. Where would be without our flat irons and blowdryers? The problem is that all of those heat-blasting tools do a number on your hair over time. So while it’s completely fine to use them occasionally, you’ll do your hair a huge favor by cutting usage just a bit and adding TIGI S Factor Body Booster Plumping Spray ($13.29) to your routine. It works by amplifying lackluster locks at the roots, so you can enjoy a fresh, just-washed look even if you really shampooed yesterday. No heat styling tools needed!

Basic Neck Care

It’s one of the most overlooked areas of the body, but it’s also one of the most telling. The neck is often a dead giveaway of aging skin, primarily because the skin is so thin. Fine lines and wrinkles seem to develop almost overnight, and skin seems to loosen and lose its luster. Make it a point to add a smoothing product to your routine, such as Dr. Brandt Do Not Age Moisturizing Neck Cream ($36.89). Enriched with sugar cane-derived glycolic acid, this natural alpha hydroxyl cream drenches skin with moisture while improving the appearance of aging skin.

Break the Habit

It’s one thing to have a favorite lip color, but it’s quite another to marry it because you’re too afraid to branch out and experiment with your look. If you fantasize about shaking up your makeup routine every now and then, invest in a tube or two of boldly colored lipsticks that dare to take you in an entirely different direction. We love Youngblood Intimatte Mineral Matte Lipstick ($14.99) for this reason—it delivers the kind of no-fuss, check-me-out color that you can’t help but admire on someone else. The only difference is that this year, you’re the one rocking this fearless hue.

Enjoy Me Time

If there’s one resolution you should absolutely keep in 2018, it’s to take better care of your emotional health. Whether that means giving yourself the occasional mental health day to unwind or immersing yourself in a tub full of Mama Mio Liquid Yoga Restorative Bath Soak ($32.99), you’ll feel the difference in both the short- and long-term when you allow yourself to relax in the comfort of soothing oils and healing salts. It’s that combination that’s both rejuvenating and uplifting, and it’s ideal even if you just want to reduce your stress or shake off the day’s difficulties. Bonus: Your skin feels amazing when you’re done.

Practice Foot Care

All too often, we neglect our feet simply because they’re encased in socks and shoes. But what if you gave them the same attention you did, say, your face or your hands? You’d be walking on sunshine! Start now and your feet will look pretty much perfect in weeks—and certainly in time for your springtime pedicure. If excessive dryness is a concern, as it is for many during winter, try Baby Foot Deep Exfoliation for Feet Peel ($18.99). In just about seven days, you’ll enjoy softer, truly baby soft feet—without a hint of that old dryness in sight. It’s worth it even if it’s a little out of your comfort zone.

New Year, New You! We’re celebrating 2018 with a fabulous sale on your favorite brands and products. Save big on some of the year’s hottest beauty loot, and prepare to make all of your resolutions a reality. 

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